Tim Wilson, the small government enthusiast who is soon to take up the $6000-a-week taxpayer-funded position at a commission he wants to abolish. He has not begun there yet (or as he says in his press release, he is yet to "assume the position"; I hope to god this is a sly Animal House reference, rather than Wilson being as gormless as he looks in his publicity shots) but he's had some things to say about the school curriculum. According to Wilson, the "human rights" component of the curriculum has very little to say about the liberal rights that preceded the post-1945 creation of "human rights" as an expanded concept.

Wilson says the current national curriculum doesn't do anything to shore up "our liberal democracy" because (quoting -- surprise -- the Institute for Public Affairs) "there is not a single reference to the struggles for rights and freedoms such as that which occurred during the 1688 Glorious Revolution, and afterwards by American revolutionaries, [whose] whole purpose of acknowledging human rights was to protect the citizen against excessive government power". Wilson suggests that Isaiah Berlin's (actually T.H. Green's, a half-century earlier, but let that pass -- we're only talking about getting history right, after all) distinction between negative liberties (restraint of government) and positive freedoms (enablement of citizens) can be applied to the contradiction between individual liberal freedoms and collective rights, as embodied in anti-discrimination laws.